Centre for Economic and Regional Studies Databank

NATIONAL ASSESSMENT OF BASIC COMPETENCIES

National assessment of basic competencies

The National Assessment of Basic Competencies (NABC) is being held each year in May, in the complete 6th, 8th and 10th school grades. The database contains the results of Mathematical and Reading literacy tests and the responses of the background questionnaires on different levels (institutional, settlement, student).

Datahost

Educational Authority

Purpose

Public report about the test results for the institutions and maintainers.

Population

6th, 8th, 10th grade students and their institutions in the given year (except those settlements/schools that only educate SEN students).

Data providers

The tests are being processed centrally. The institutional and settlement background questionnaires are filled out by the head of the institution/settlement and student questionnaires are filled out by the student, or their family.

Sample size

Every student of the given grade, except the ones who were missing at the time of the test completion, and those students who declined completing the test. (In 2006 and 2007 the survey was fully complete solely in the 8th grade, in the 6th and 10th grades there was a representative sampling).

 Time period covered

2006-2017, every year

Levels of the data

Institutional

Settlement

Student

Main groups of data

1. Institutional data

Contains data of the institution’s address, the responses of the school background questionnaire (equipment, features of the school), the average test results and their variances of the 6th, 8th and 10th grades of every settlement of the institution, by the ID number of the institution.

2. Settlement data

Contains data of the settlement’s address, the responses of the school background questionnaire (equipment, features of the settlement), the average test results and their variances of the of the 6th, 8th and 10th grades of the given settlement, by ID numbers of the institution and the settlement.

3. Student data

Contains data by a unique identifier: of the responses of the student background questionnaire (family background: social, cultural, economic), data related test completion (number of declines, missings, filled outs) level and scale point of the mathematical and reading literacy test, average test points and their variances of the given class, grade, settlement of the institution. It contains the ID number of the institution, the code of settlement and the mark of class in the case of every student/observation.

Other features, notes

The institutional datasets can be merged with the settlement and student data by using the ID number, while the settlement and student datasets can be merged by the ID number and settlement codes. From 2008, the unique identifiers of the students have not changed through the years, thus the data of each grade (6., 8.,10.) can be linked together on a student level.

The data have been merged to the KIR-STAT data (number of pupils, types of education, identifiers) every year on an institutional level, concerning the given school year.